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Editorial: Senate should bury reckless concealed carry bill

The lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal gets it right: The bill passed last week by the North Carolina House to completely deregulate the concealed carry of weapons by individuals 18 and older is a dreadful idea. That’s right: Under the bill, North Carolina would now allow young people too young to buy a beer or cigarettes to carry a gun in the sweatpants.

Here’s the Journal in response to claims that this is about self-protection:

“…the N.C. Fraternal Order of Police opposes the bill. So do gun-control advocates. They worry that if the bill passes, people would be able to carry concealed weapons without having gone through a firearms safety course that a concealed-carry permit requires. And the bill puts no limit on the number of weapons a person can conceal, the News & Record of Greensboro reported.

Republican Rep. John Faircloth, a former High Point police chief, voted against the measure. The legislation “is not going to make a big dent in what might could happen anyway, but it does open up a lot of possibilities that I think we could probably close with a little more work on this bill, particularly in the area of requiring some kind of training,” Faircloth said during the floor debate.

Proposed amendments that might mitigate the potential danger were blocked.

People who carry concealed weapons need extra training to make sure they know what they’re doing. This is a reckless bill that the Senate should end.”

And this is from the good people at North Carolinians Against Gun Violence:

The vast majority of the public supports the current permitting systems that are on the books.

  • 89% of North Carolinians favor retaining the requirement to obtain concealed-carry permits.
  • 80% of gun owners think permit laws should remain in place.

83% of Democratic gun owners, 73% of independents, and 72% of Republican owners all think that current concealed carry permit requirements should stay on the books.

69% of NRA members think permits should continue to be required.

Make no mistake, permitless carry puts everyone in the community at risk, significantly weakens law enforcement’s ability to protect the public, and threatens citizens’ rights to safely and peaceably enjoy public spaces in their community.

Here are a few facts you should know about permitless carry:

  • Researchers have found that states with lenient concealed carry laws have higher rates of aggravated assaults, and the risk is likely even higher in states with no restrictions on who can acquire a gun and carry it in public.
  • Claims that permissive concealed carry laws lead to decreases in crime—by helping fight off criminals and creating a deterrent to offenses—have been disproven. Evidence suggests that permissive concealed carry laws may actually increase the frequency of some types of crime, like assault.
  • Research confirms the common-sense conclusion that more guns create more opportunities for injury and death, not fewer.

Let’s fervently hope the Senate does the right thing.

5 Comments


  1. Dave Workman

    June 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    To what research and whose research do the final paragraphs refer?

  2. Glenn J Jefferson

    June 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Let’s see they require training for CCW BUT STILL restricted places you can go so what was the training for

  3. William Campbell

    June 12, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    This is the same liberal paranoia that predicted mayhem when concealed carry permits became law.

  4. Tony Rosa

    June 12, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Every time a pro gun law comes up for review the Liberal Democrat anti gunners all use the same sad, tired remark, ITS GOING TO BE THE WILD WILD WEST! That is what they said when Concealed carry came up for review in EVERY state. The funny thing is that the claims of these Liberal Democrats NEVER bear out, they are complete fabrications with no substance whatsoever.
    They use words like LIKELY to qualify their specious claims.
    “the bill puts no limit on the number of weapons a person can conceal” Yeah I always carry 4 pistols a shotgun , and a magazine fed semi automatic hunting rifle. Don’t they realize how ridiculous these claims are? They never quote the fact that concealed carry permit holders are the most law abiding group of people in the country, Why wont they say this? Because it destroys their argument. It is better to spread lies, half truths or leave peoples imaginations run wild after making many “could be” statements.
    Lets try putting the responsibility of self protection back in the hands of the people, where it should be.

  5. Kevin Hagus

    June 13, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Congratulations to the writer of this article. You have managed to put out the most ridiculous anti-gun article that I’ve read….well…..in at least a week. This article reads like all the rest that have been put out for years. The Wild, Wild West, Blood in the Streets, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately for the Hoplophobes, absolutely “none” of these predictions have ever come true. Everything in this article is very simply “not true”. No matter how many times these lies are circulated, they will never be true. Only people who do not take the time to actually research firearms related information, statistics and the like will believe these old and worn out lies, half truths and twisting of information to bring them into line with the Hoplophobes agenda. But that’s ok. There are millions of law abiding, 2nd Amendment supporters out there ready, willing and able to set the record straight, and disprove the Anti-gunners agenda. We’ve done it for years, and we’re not going anywhere. That can be taken to the bank.

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